WHAT’S NEWS IN THE FIELD
In this section current issues of importance to pupil services and special education administrators will be reviewed. These items will be replaced after a few months with other developing topics. Any comments may be attributed to the Executive Director and do not reflect an official position of the organization.
Bruno to Helm NAPSA (January 6, 2017)
Dr. Frank M. Bruno, Pupil Services Director for the William Penn School District in Delaware County, has taken office as the 2017 President of NAPSA. Frank is a past-president of PAPSA and serves on its current Board of Directors. His presidency at NAPSA should further strengthen the ties between our state and national organizations. Dr. Bruno is the eighth Pennsylvanian to hold the office of President in NAPSA.
PAPSA Award of Excellence (January 1, 2017)
Once again, PAPSA is searching for individuals and/or programs in the area of pupil services that are worthy of recognition. If such exist within your school entity, please consider downloading the form below and submitting it for consideration (If the form is not yet in place, e-mail the Executive Director for a copy). This year the process has been simplified to make it less time-consuming for persons desiring to make a nomination. The nominations must be received by February 1, 2017, and the award will be presented at the annual conference’s business meeting on April 20th at the Eden Resort in Lancaster.
Beth Bahn to Retire (November 17, 2016)
Beth Ann Bahn, a familiar name to Pupil Services administrators, who has guided the PA Department of Health’s Division of School Health Services for many years, has announced her retirement as of December 31, 2016. Beth has been a featured speaker at PAPSA conferences and has worked closely with the association on health-related issues. It is uncertain when or if her position will be filled.
New U.S. Secretary of Education (November 17, 2016)
With the election of Donald Trump as President, the question on many educators’ lips is, “Who will be the next U.S. Secretary of Education?” A number of persons are being mentioned, none of whom will be seen as good news by the public school sector. All are surprising, considering the President-Elect’s statements during the campaign. They include Michelle Rhee, former D.C. school chief and a supporter of Common Core; William Evers, a former assistant secretary of education currently on the faculty at Stanford University; Kevin Chavous, former head of the D.C. City Council’s education committee and a strong advocate of school choice; Eva Moshowitz, a charter school advocate; and a darkhorse possibility, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
Executive Director Selected (June 8, 2016)
Dr. Douglas Arnold has been selected as the Executive Director Elect for PAPSA. He will serve a one-year internship with current Executive Director Bob Cormany before taking over on July 1, 2017. Doug has been a Past-President of both PAPSA and NAPSA. He previously served as Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services in the East Stroudsburg Area School District and retired as Superintendent of the Pleasant Valley School District in Monroe County. Doug was interviewed at the April 2016 Conference in Lancaster and his appointment was finalized at the Board’s June 23rd meeting.
Cyber Charter Schools Failing (November 4, 2015)
A study by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Educational Outcomes has come to the conclusion that Cyber Charter Schools as a whole are failing to produce the same level of growth as brick-and-mortar schools. Margaret Raymond, the Center’s Director, stated that growth in math was so limited that it was as if the children had missed an entire year of school. Nor did the results appear any better when disaggregated for race, poverty or instructional strategy. Pennsylvania ranks second only to Ohio in the number of children participating in cyber charter schools with 34,500.
Private School Choice (October 8, 2015)
Pennsylvania ranks third among the states in the number of students participating in private school choice. Exceeded only by Florida and Nevada, Pennsylvania’s prominence in this statistic is fueled by tax credits to families that enroll in private and parochial schools. Almost 50,000 students are participating.